Megillat Esther With a Twist

by | Feb 26, 2018 | Entertainment, Hillel Ontario, Jewish Holiday | 0 comments

๐Ÿ‘‘ Ahashverosh (King of Persia) threw a huge ๐ŸŽ‰ to celebrate his 3๏ธโƒฃ year reign.

The ๐Ÿ‘‘ asked his wife, Vashti, to join the ๐ŸŽŠ to show off her beauty. When she โŒ to join, the ๐Ÿ‘‘ decided to ๐Ÿ˜ต her and to look for a new wife.

The ๐Ÿ‘‘ sent all his ๐Ÿ‘ฌ to find the most beautiful ๐Ÿ‘ญ in the country. One of the ๐Ÿ‘ญ presented to the ๐Ÿ‘‘ was Esther, Mordechai’s niece. ๐Ÿ€ for all the โœก๏ธ, Esther became the ๐Ÿ‘‘ new wife and the new ๐Ÿ‘ธ of Persia. Mordechai โš ๏ธ his niece the ๐Ÿ‘ธnot to show her โœก๏ธ identity.

Mordechai learned two men ๐Ÿ“œโœ๏ธ to ๐Ÿ˜ต ๐Ÿ‘‘ Ahashverosh, and he informed his niece, who warned the ๐Ÿ‘‘. Because Esther ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘‘ Ahashverosh about the ๐Ÿ“œโœ๏ธ, the plotters were ๐Ÿ˜ต.

The ๐Ÿ‘‘ decided to hire ๐Ÿ‘บ (Haman) as the Prime Minister and demanded of all the people ๐Ÿ™‡ to him. All the people followed the ๐Ÿ‘‘ ๐Ÿ“. The only ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™‚๏ธ, who โŒ to ๐Ÿ™‡ to ๐Ÿ‘บ was Mordechai, as the ๐Ÿ“œ says that โœก๏ธ are only allowed to ๐Ÿ™‡ to G-d. ย As a result, ย ๐Ÿ‘บ ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ that he would ๐Ÿ’€ all the โœก๏ธ of Persia on the 13th of Adar.

Mordechai ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ธabout ๐Ÿ‘บ terrible plan and โ“ her to ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ the ๐Ÿ‘‘ to ๐Ÿ›‘ the plan. Despite of the risk of ๐Ÿ˜ต, ๐Ÿ‘ธ approached the ๐Ÿ‘‘ to convince him to change his ๐Ÿ’ญ. She also ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Mordechai to make sure that all the โœก๏ธ โŒ ๐Ÿ and ๐Ÿ™. ๐Ÿ‘‘ Ahashverosh received ๐Ÿ‘ธ and gave her ๐Ÿ‘ to โ“ anything. ๐Ÿ‘ธ โ“ ๐Ÿ‘‘ to hold a banquet, to which ๐Ÿ‘บ would be invited.

When ๐Ÿ‘บ ๐Ÿ‘€ ย Mordechai after the banquet and Mordechai โŒ to ๐Ÿ™‡ again, ๐Ÿ‘บ decided to โ“the ๐Ÿ‘‘ to ๐Ÿ˜ต Mordechai.

๐Ÿ‘‘ Ahashverosh decides to ๐Ÿ™ Mordechai for saving him from an assassination. At the same time ๐Ÿ‘บ came to the ๐Ÿ‘‘ to โ“ about ๐Ÿ˜ต Mordechai. Before he has a chance to โ“ however, the ๐Ÿ‘‘ ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘บ to ๐ŸŽ–๏ธMordechai by ๐Ÿ‘” him in ๐Ÿ‘‘ garments, and lead him through the streets of Persia’s capital.

At the second banquet ๐Ÿ‘ธ announced that she is really ย โœก๏ธ and informed everyone of ๐Ÿ‘บ ๐Ÿ“œ โœ๏ธ to ๐Ÿ˜ต all the ย โœก๏ธ in Persia. She also reveals ๐Ÿ‘บ as the plotter.

As a result, ๐Ÿ‘‘ Ahashverosh announced that ๐Ÿ‘บ will be ๐Ÿ˜ต instead of all the โœก๏ธ and decided to make Mordechai the Prime Minister instead of ๐Ÿ‘บ. With Mordechai as the Prime Minister, Persia ๐ŸŒผ.

To remember the miracle, โœก๏ธ all over the ๐ŸŒŽ ย ๐ŸŽ‰ Purim by exchanging ๐ŸŽ, eating good ๐Ÿฒ and giving ๐Ÿ’ต to the poor. ย 


Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Last month Hillel Ontario heard from Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada. After winning the leadership race back in October of 2020, Annamie became the first Black person and first Jewish woman to lead a federal Canadian political party. Since then, she has been speaking to Canadians all across the country, spreading messages of hope and inspiration, during a time where these moments are a rarity. No matter the political orientation of the Zoom attendees of this fireside chat, everyone walked away with a few life lessons up their sleeve.

Here are some of my biggest takeaways. First, Annamie spoke about following your passion, a message that I know many students needed to hear. When I graduated from grade 12, I was constantly asked where I saw myself in five years, ten years, and sometimes even twenty years. Although I was asked with the best intentions, Iโ€™ve always felt overwhelming pressure to envision a clear career path. Annamie dispelled this myth by referencing the enjoyment associated with the process of discovering your passion rather than having a final goal in mind, and Annamieโ€™s enthusiasm for human rights through a policy lens has shaped the course of her life. Second, Annamie spoke about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice. Whether you consider yourself an advocate or not, Annamie highlighted the need to follow your moral compass, never remaining complicit. Following Annamieโ€™s time as the leader of the Green Party, it is clear that she isnโ€™t afraid to use her voice and position to shine light on racism, antisemitism, and sexism. These are two lessons I think everyone can learn from.

Annamie spoke about growing up in Toronto Centre (the riding where she will be running in the next federal election), her career as an international lawyer, and her decision to enter politics. As someone who doesnโ€™t fit the mold of a traditional politician, Annamie referenced about the challenges that sheโ€™s faced as a Black, Jewish woman. Racism, antisemitism, and sexism were all constant throughout her leadership campaign, and her six months leading the Green Party.ย 

Throughout Annamieโ€™s talk, I learned about the importance of elevating voices that have previously gone unheard. In a predominantly white space, Hillel students and staff need to work hard to ensure that Jews of Colour feel welcomed.ย 

After 45 minutes, the latter half of which consisted of an insightful Q&A, Annamie mentioned that she would love to be invited back to another Hillel Ontario fireside chat. For now, Iโ€™ll take Annamieโ€™s lessons with me while looking forward to hearing about all of her accomplishments in a year from now.

  • Skylar Banks, Guelph Hillel
Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver.ย 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the โ€œinstitutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.โ€ This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel.ย 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefinedโ€™s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillelโ€™s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President